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Officers Shoot Suspect After He Shoots Bus Driver, Flees Through Downtown (Updated)

A man suspected of shooting a bus driver multiple times Monday morning was shot by police after he fled through downtown Seattle.

Just after 8:45 this morning, Seattle police began receiving a flood of reports that a man had shot a Metro bus driver on the Route # 27 bus near 3rd Avenue and Seneca Street.

The male suspect reportedly stayed on the bus for a short time after the shooting, before he fled on foot through downtown.

Officers then spotted the suspect near 2nd Avenue and Seneca, where he opened fire on officers and ran to a second bus.

When the suspect tried to get on a second bus, the driver and some of the passengers began evacuating the bus and the suspect got on board.

Officers confronted the suspect on the second bus and shot the suspect.

Homicide/Assault detectives are currently handling the investigation.

The 67-year-old Metro driver’s injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

The suspect—who is in his 30’s or 40’s—is in critical condition and is being transported to Harborview.

A 32-year-old officer also sustained minor injuries in the incident, possibly from broken glass, and was taken to Harborview.

A second officer, who is in his 50s, was also taken to Harborview for treatment for a medical condition.

Finally, a female passenger sustained minor bruising while evacuating the second bus.

Police are actively working to process a very complicated series of crime scenes, and traffic throughout downtown will likely be significantly impacted today due to necessary street closures.

For downtown workers looking to get back in their offices: If your office is blocked off by police tape, please contact an officer near the police line, provide work ID if possible, and ask to pass through to your office.

We’ll update this post with additional information as we get it.